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November 27, 1948

A PRESENT DAY RATIONALE FOR THE TREATMENT OF URINARY TUBERCULOSIS: Chairman's Address

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich.

From the Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1948;138(13):937-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900130001001
Abstract

Streptomycin has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of many types of urinary tuberculosis, with the result that a new and hopeful attitude regarding the prognosis of the disease prevails. But new discoveries are often accepted and utilized by the public without an adequate orientation in thinking regarding the ultimate changes which may be brought about by the new agency. An example in point is modern air transportation. The public knows that our continent can be spanned by air in one day; yet New York and San Francisco are still five days apart in the thinking of most persons because of our orientation to earth-bound travel. The present discussion is related to a reorientation of our thinking in the matter of treating urinary tuberculosis; for it is now evident that we should treat all patients with this disease by prolonged sanatorium care and streptomycin therapy whether the infection

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